Classic Mage Goldmaking Guide: The Best Ways to Make Gold
Welcome to our Goldmaking guide for Mages, where you will learn the best ways to make Gold with a Mage in WoW Classic.
1. Gold Making Guide for Mages
Earning gold is an incredibly important part of Classic WoW and will be very important for many things. There are large purchases that you will want to make, such as getting your epic mount or getting better gear from the auction house. You will also have lots of reoccurring purchases, such as consumables for raiding and PvP. The bottom line is that gold is important, both for quality of life and for getting important items to help your gameplay. One of the most important things to do once you hit Level 60 for the first time, or even before that, is to work to establish a gold making source.
In Classic, there are no passive combat bonuses for choosing specific professions. This means that you are free to choose whatever you would like. Despite this, professions can be incredibly important for lots of things, and it is important to consider the possible benefits before choosing. Some professions are great for making gold, while some are more suited to helping you in actual gameplay.
2.1. Gathering Professions
Especially at the start, materials will be expensive. This is especially true for minerals, herbs, and skins that come from higher level zones and enemies. Mining, Herbalism, Skinning, and Fishing are all great choices for gold making, and should be learned early during the leveling phase, so that you never have to return to low-level areas to increase your skill. Keep in mind that keeping your Mining and Herbalism skill relevant as you level, will require you to spend more time in an area than what would be ideal for speed leveling. Gathering materials before hitting the level cap will also help you level crafting professions that use those materials.
2.2. Crafting Professions
Tailoring, Leatherworking, Blacksmithing, Enchanting, and Alchemy can all be quite profitable, as long as you level them early and search for rare recipes. Tailoring, Blacksmithing, and Leatherworking can craft good gear, some of it best in slot. Meanwhile, Enchanting and Alchemy can make consumables, which are especially relevant when raiding and in PvP. Due to the short duration nature of Alchemy's potions, this is an especially relevant profession for gold making. Engineering can also make some interesting gear and relevant consumables, but those are generally only usable by engineers, which limits its usefulness in gold making.
2.3. Vendor Sniping
Certain vendors, such as Ghok'kah, sell very valuable recipes, or even raw materials, on a limited stock, which slowly replenishes over time. Being aware of this and reselling the recipe and materials to other players can generate high profits, although it is difficult to buy these items consistently.
3. Gold Making as a Mage
Mages are amazing farmers in WoW Classic, as they can pull a huge amount of enemies and kill them all by themselves, without dying in the process. Spec into the AoE Grinding talent build and learn about the AoE Grinding rotation before you attempt the farming methods suggested below!
While describing every single possible farm spot in the game is out of the scope of this guide, you will generally be searching for spots with many enemies and little to none competition, ensuring that you can gather a lot of enemies without external interference. Also, these enemies should be able to drop valuable items for your time investment in killing them.
3.1. Dungeon AoE Farming
Naturally, the requirements of a perfect grinding spot are best met inside dungeons, where no outside interference is possible, and ensuring you get full respawns instantly, each time you reset the dungeon. The only limitation is that you can only run 5 individual dungeon lockouts per hour before the game will not allow you to create new instances of the dungeon anymore, so plan accordingly.
3.1.1. Scarlet Monastery: Cathedral AoE Grinding
The Cathedral wing of Scarlet Monastery has a special characteristic that makes it ideal for quick and efficient Mage AoE Grinding: whenever you aggro the final boss of the dungeon, Scarlet Commander Mograine, every single enemy inside the Cathedral will automatically aggro you.
This will cause 20+ enemies to chase you down from all directions. Activate Ice Block as soon as your initial Ice Barrier is depleted, and wait for all of the enemies to stack up around you. Once Ice Block is over, it is time to begin your AoE Grinding rotation, with Frost Nova and a new Ice Barrier to avoid spell pushback from Mograine. Once all of the regular enemies are down, it is just a matter of finishing off Mograine, Whitemane and looting everything before doing it all over again.
Besides all of the vendor trash you get from each run, worth around 6 gold, you can loot valuable bind on equip items and, if you are an enchanter, disenchant the loot for even more valuable materials to sell.
You can watch an example run here, by solipsist01.
3.1.2. Maraudon: Scepter of Celebras Farming
Once you have the Scepter of Celebras, you can teleport directly to the innermost part of Maraudon, past Celebras the Cursed. This is a great area for AoE farming, once you skip the Hydra elite with an invisibility potion (such as Lesser Invisibility Potion or Invisibility Potion).
AoE down the Deep Borer snake enemies in a few pulls and the Stolid Snapjaw turtles afterwards. Since you can use Skinning on every enemy that you will be killing, that is a great way to make gold! There are also several valuable herbs along the way, making Herbalism and Skinning a great profession combo to have for this particular farming.
You can watch an example run here, by Speaknspell.
3.1.3. Lower Blackrock Spire: Spire Scorpid Grinding
The idea is to go into LBRS with a group, convert to raid in the end, and stick around farming Spire Scorpid. These mobs can be easily and quickly AoEd down by a Mage and respawn very fast after being killed, allowing for quick farming without ever running out of enemies to kill. Since LBRS was not available for testing yet, it is still unknown whether the respawn rate for these enemies in WoW Classic will justify farming them.
You can watch an example run here, by Infra.
3.2. World AoE Farming
While there are some elites in this zone that you should avoid pulling, there are also plenty of non-elite melee humanoid (good for cloth and currency drops) enemies, that you can round up and kill for a quick profit.
You can watch an example run here, by O DB.
3.2.2. Silithus Elementals
In the Northwest and Northeast corners of Silithus, you can find a lot of Dust Stormers, which are easy to kill (use Dampen Magic to nullify most of their damage) and drop valuable Essence of Air, among other less valuable items.
You can watch an example run here, by Speaknspell. Keep in mind there was an elemental invasion active at the time, which increases the number of enemies, but it should still be possible to get good farming done without it.
- 30 Jun. 2019: Page added.
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